Decision to Move HBP Made within Past Seven Days

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Aug 17, 2008

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A bit more on the decision to change the release date of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from November of this year to July 17th, 2009 is now online. The Canadian Press has a new article on the timing of the move and the large feature on the film in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. The article cites a rep for WB saying the studio had “mulling the date change for three or four weeks,” but “it really didn’t kind of get on the front-burner until sometime within the last seven days,” Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of distribution, said Sunday.

Entertainment Weekly’s “deadline must have been earlier than the decision, than when we started to get serious about making the decision,” Fellman said. The online version of the feature which we told you about here and here contains an update about the release date change as well as the following as noted on the magazine’s Hollywood Insider blog: “EW and Warner Bros. share a parent company, but they clearly do not share, you know, important … information.”

The blog goes on to joke that the date change will leave Entertainment Weekly “readers in possession of a ‘Dewey Beats Truman’ collectible.” It also notes that British film magazine Empire features Harry Potter on its current cover, though that issue is not strictly a fall preview, touching on big 2009 releases, as well.”





225 Responses to Decision to Move HBP Made within Past Seven Days

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45th! I mean… Wow… I don’t know what the point will be of coming to leaky-news for the next 8 months or so… Seriously… The HBP movie was one of the things I was waiting for the most… What about the EA HBP game? That still hitting November? If it does, I may have to get it just to hold me over… for another 8 months…

No…

Warner Brothers are being stupid… Next they’ll announce the cancelation of movies 7 and 8…

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ugh i am so fed up with warner brothers

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bobtheduck- chances are they will postpone the game as well because the game will feature all the scenes from the film therefore giving away (like we don’t already know) everything that happens. they probably think this will deter certain people from seeing the movie and in turn their ticket sales will decrease (and we all know now how much WB cares so much about $$$)

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I can’t understand the greed involved with this. Like they can’t my 300 million in November! Anybody found out what JKR thinks?

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can’t make…lol

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We’re a Swedish wrock band and we wrote a song about this whole mess. Check it out at myspace.com/swedishshortsnouts ! It’s called “Warner Brothers Suck” and it is a bit more serious than the name suggests. ^^

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I’m just really frustrated about all this. Is this how they how they care about their fans?

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Also HBP doesnt really lend itself to the popcorn action type summer film anyway – I think its tone fits better for a Nov/Xmas release than as a summer blockbuster. People do still go to the movies in the winter and theres less blockbuster type competition (more Oscar hopeful type films this time of year)

Anyway I want to see it this year. :(

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I’m just really frustrated about all this. Is this how they show they care about their fans?

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“’EW and Warner Bros. share a parent company, but they clearly do not share, you know, important … information.’” I’m still disappointed about the decision, but that part was pretty darn funny to read.

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if i didn’t know better, reading the quote ’ The July 17 release…offered better box-office potential for Half-Blood Prince’ would make me think Harry potter resided in the bottom of the top 200 all time highest grossing films. WBs must be really postive of the future of the batman francise even without the joker! To treat your highest grossing francise of all time like the naughty child sent to the back of the class because the flashy new kid on the block has the biggest effects is an insult. Forget boycotting harry next year. i say boycott the Dark Knight DVD release.

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I think one of worst aspects of this is that it was a decision they made so recently. It really isn’t fair to all the fans that have been anticipating this movie and making plans to watch it around the November date. WB released that awesome trailer and got people so excited only to crush their hopes two weeks later.

I understand they’re a business and they make these movies to earn a profit but would it kill them to treat their customers better? The movie was only 3 months from release! It’s so messed up that they would do this to us so late in the game. especially when they know Harry Potter will do well anytime of the year. The movies have always been successful in winter.

Alan Horn also came off like a jerk when he bragged about seeing the movie and that it was fabulous while telling everyone else they’d need to wait an extra 8 months to see a movie that is already finished. I guess he doesn’t know the meaning of tact. The man must be blinded by dollar signs.

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I want to AVADA KEDAVRA their asses!!!

yes,I’m also interested in DH 1 and 2. because part 1 is also(not also any more) in November. what about that? do we have to wait another 4 years for all films? SCANDAL!

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Hey don’t give them any ideas bobtheduck! Now we all know WB is probably stupid enough to actually try something like canceling DH part 1&2. lol. Moody One, I’ve been asking the same thing about JKR since Thursday night. Most of the time the media contacts her or her rep for comment when they make any big decisions with the films, example: when they decided to split DH they asked her to comment. Who knows. Actually speaking of JKR, what is going on with the whole lexicon lawsuit, wasn’t the judge expected to make a decision back in April or May? What is taking so long?

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It’s best that HBP is being moved… my friend who used to work at WB said that highly anticipated movies are only pushed back THAT far when the initial screen tests are going very poorly.

AKA: They’re putting the film together, and things aren’t going well with test audiences. THAT’S probably the real reason why they’re not releasing it… they’re going to be re-writing, re-shooting and re-editing entire parts of the movie to make it better than it would have been if it was released in November.

Frankly, it sucks that they’re moving it back, but it’s so much better that they’re putting together a better movie. They’re not going to outright say “hey, the movie is sucking so we’re going to try to make it better” so that’s why they came up with their weird, illogical “official” reasoning behind the push back.

I’d rather have a good movie than a hasty movie.

(This is all speculation, so it’s obviously not validated or true by any means, but I’m just taking the word of my friend who worked at WB in the past, because it makes me feel like they’re actually trying to make a good movie, even at the cost of pissing a lot of people off)

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Fox has an article speculating the real reason is because a November release will have Dan doing promotion for the movie during his run with Equis or whatever it is, and the studio doesnt want him talking about that during promotion for HBP because it will sully the innocent image of Harry. SO who knows what the real story is

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thats what i don’t get – why was the decison made so quickly? if it had been a while in coming – then we wouldn’t have gotten the trailer (or the EW cover) – it makes no sense… why wouldn’t they prefer to get their money now? yes they might make more then, but? enough to make up for not having it between now and then? Makes me wonder if something else has happened and something happened that it really wouldn’t have been ready but they thought this was a better way to explain it (um no – didn’t they think about the fan reaction?)

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WB sucks . If they pushed it back to re-shoot some scenes, I forgive them if they put Slughorn’s moustache back !!

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I think they left it too late to make the decision. I think the Potter fans would have been more accepting (though still not happy) if the change had been announced before the (seemingly) final, detailed release dates were announced, and premieres arranged, because they had probably already started to plan ahead to go to the premieres, IMAX showings and such like.

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So we like to watch WB movies.

But we want to boycott them.

Bit torrent has WB movies available for free.

http://thepiratebay.org/

While such copying is illegal and I can’t recommend it, people can make their own decisions.

This, above all, would make WB sit up and listen.

They chose to scr*w us. Hit them where it hurts!

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I recommend going to the Howler website for the Howler campaign, which is brilliant. If everyone would send ten Howlers each we would seriously overflow their in-boxes. I am posting the link again in case you missed it, as well as WB’s address and phone numbers, and a sample Howler letter from the Howler campaign that is succinct but keeps our dignity as HP fans so they don’t discredit us because people send in letters full of foul language or physical threats. Keep it clean but purposeful and we will make them see the full power of the Potter fandom.

Here is the info:

Howler campaign

In the Howlers to WB write – “You make us wait 8 months, we’ll make you wait 8 months and 1 week. Your opening weekend will be a failure. Harry Potter fans are very loyal and very dedicated and VERY angry at you. Delay our movie for your profit margin, and we’ll kill your opening weekend. – DA.

htt p://hbpnojuly.blogspot.c om/ (remove spaces)

Warner Bros. 4000 Warner Blvd Burbank, CA 91522 818-954-6000 818-562-3062

DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY UNITE!!!!!

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this is the problem with the seeminly hasty move. The negative rumours! I don’t beleive it’s because the film is bad…how cna they re shot sences? the cast have other work they’re involved with. As for the Fox rumour about it being Dan’s fault. Well, how pathetc if thats the case. Dan is an actor appearing in a play which has no connection with Harry. WBs have no right to feel moralistic about Dan’s career move given the 13 certificate lobbied for by WBs for the batman film. It seems to me America can tolerate violence but not nudity. Also it’s cowardly to try and pass the blame on to Dan. The cost of this mess will out-weigh the few akward moments of questioning for Dan. WBs should issue a statement with the full reason and an exoneration for Dan

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Hmm, formatting was a problem, those are phone numbers after the zip code for Warner. Here it is again:

I recommend going to the Howler website for the Howler campaign, which is brilliant. If everyone would send ten Howlers each we would seriously overflow their in-boxes. I am posting the link again in case you missed it, as well as WB’s address and phone numbers, and a sample Howler letter from the Howler campaign that is succinct but keeps our dignity as HP fans so they don’t discredit us because people send in letters full of foul language or physical threats. Keep it clean but purposeful and we will make them see the full power of the Potter fandom.

Here is the info:

Howler campaign

In the Howlers to WB write – “You make us wait 8 months, we’ll make you wait 8 months and 1 week. Your opening weekend will be a failure. Harry Potter fans are very loyal and very dedicated and VERY angry at you. Delay our movie for your profit margin, and we’ll kill your opening weekend. – DA.

htt p://hbpnojuly.blogspot.c om/ (remove spaces)

Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91522

818-954-6000

818-562-3062

DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY UNITE!!!!!

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I was so looking forward to the November release – I already made plans with three other friends to go see the IMAX film then. Now we have to wait til next SUMMER???!? This is SO not fair.:(

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I simply don’t accept this decision was made to improve the movie. Any re-shoots would become public knowledge very quickly and prove WB statement to be a lie. Placing it in a more competetive slot suggests the opposite – they think the movie has even more ‘big bucks’ potential than usual. Unfortunately we’ve a long wait to see if I’m right!

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Thanks for the info LemonFaerie!!

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This is really sad that they are changing the date! I have been looking foward to december for so long and now I have to wait a whole nother year!!!

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Who ever is thinking of downloading pirate copies just to hurt WB, please dont. You’ll just end up hurting yourselves in the long run and not to mention supporting very bad criminal organisations (no WB is not one of them, despite their recent actions ;) . Dont put up links to tempt anyone either. In fact, I hope Leaky can take off above comment with such a link, (with no offence to Dave S, I understand you just want to protest). I’ve sent protest email to WB and may continue to do so when I am in the mood!

But I’m now coming to terms with it and my anger/dissapointment has subsided. I now look forward to Beadle the Bard. And yes I am too all up for a countdown widget! At least it will be a lot shorter then HBP movie. Plus we have Leaky pottercasts which are always entertaining.

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That Howler campaign is ridiculous, what a stupid way to show you’re angry… ‘We’ll ruin your opening weekend!!’ I don’t believe for one second that that will follow through- no one will remember in 11 months…. I agree with Professor Potter. :)

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Who ever the jerk was that said “the deadline must have been earlier than the decision, than when we started to get serious about making the decision,” must not see the word weekly in the magazine’s title. That magazine is published every week so I bet their deadlines are very close to the publish date that is how they stay current. I bet they could have pulled the cover and story since you jerks at WB have been think of this for a few weeks now. I really think that these guys at WB think we are all stupid because they keep insulting or intelligence with the lies they keep telling. Just tell the truth WB-is it the money, was the movie not ready what ever just stop spinning all these tales.

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I can wait. I have patience. I know many Harry Potter fans will be very dissapointed, but on the bright side if it does come out during the summer of next year at least there is no school during the summer! Keeping positive is always a good thing. We can watch the HBP trailer over and over again untill the waiting day has arrived. It is so awesome.

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This was in one of the past articles: WB’s Alan Horn is also cited as saying “I’ve seen the movie. It is fabulous. We would have been perfectly able to have it out in November.”

So if it is fabulous, why couldn’t it be out in November?

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If i never saw the coming november on the teaser I would not care so much but changing it so soon after is unforgivable . I am not giving the Time Warner a cent until HP returns to november. I think pirating is wrong but so is WB.

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LemonFaerie, you’re acting like a child- if this means that much to you, you need to take a break from the internet. The opening weekend of HBP in july will still go big without your ten bucks, and whoever else signs up for the ridiculous campaign. Sorry, WB wins on this one, so deal with it.

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Are we now going to have to put up with a glut of WB news stories? We don’t care, they can go to hell and take HBP with them.

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people have minds of their owns, they can protest by pirating if they want.

i don’t care what WB says, they’re not getting my opening week ticket, or any of the peoples i usually dragged along with me to see this.

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Disgusting.

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1. I think ‘chocolateisnotforbreakfast’ has it correct. I think that their comments are about the most reasonable, in this whole thing. YES. We are upset. BUT: 2. If you are a TRUE ‘Harry Potter’ fan, this is not the time to be petulant. I’m pretty sure that my comments will not be seen….it is too late in the postings. I’m pretty sure this article will not generate the number of postings on several others. Specifically, I am sorry to say, the ones that have nothing whatever to do with this decision, by WB. How sad that articles about other things [Evanna’s Birthday, Dan’s ‘Entertainment’ interview, Tom Felton’s interview] have been over run with all of this….Leaky is trying their hardest to bring whatever news is relevant to the WB moving the date. But they are ALSO trying to bring in other news that is also important. If you are a true Harry Potter Fan, this should not put you “against all things Harry”. Boycotting WB. Throwing away all your ‘Harry Potter Items’. And writing pettitions [Howlers] isn’t going to change WB’s position either. I am a Harry Potter Fan, first and foremost. I intend to wait [although disappointed] for July. NO, they won’t “cancel 7 and 8”. To be fair, the moving of HBP brings the whole thing closer together. There will be [as has been stated, over and over] less time between HBP and DH1. This, as you will except, is my own humble opinion. Take it how you will…I hope cooler heads will prevail, here. AGAIN, Thank you, Leaky, for being so patient. This can’t be an easy thing for you to keep up with. Ladies and Gentlemen: Let Karma take care of this. “What goes around, comes around”

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You people know damn well that you’re going to see HBP anyway- it’s still 11 months away, and somehow I think your anger will subside and you’ll move on with life…

God…

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I can wait. I have patience. I know many Harry Potter fans will be very dissapointed, but on the bright side if it does come out during the summer of next year at least there is no school during the summer!

Keeping positive is always a good thing.

In the meantime we can watch the HBP trailer over and over again untill the waiting day has arrived. It is so awesome. WATCH IT NOW!!! IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER!!! AND REMEMBER TO REMAIN POSITIVE!!! if you don’t you’ll be sad for 8 months and thats never good.

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michele: the magazine might be weekly, but the stories wouldn’t be. I’m sure the articles would be written a month or more in advance, and each magazine put together far ahead of time. Look at the movies… theaters get copies of films sometimes a week or more in advance. The magazine isn’t like the newspaper where everything is current and put up the night before.

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I can wait. I have patience. I know many Harry Potter fans will be very dissapointed, but on the bright side if it does come out during the summer of next year at least there is no school during the summer!

Keeping positive is always a good thing.

In the meantime we can watch the HBP trailer over and over again untill the waiting day has arrived. It is so awesome. WATCH IT NOW!!! IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER!!! AND REMEMBER TO REMAIN POSITIVE!!! if you don’t you’ll be sad for 8 months and thats never good.

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Thank you for posting a brilliant comment, Lily. :) I agree with you 100%. We’ve got to move on and stay positive- forget WB, the movie will still be awesome!

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Haven’t they made other companies lose money by advertising for the movie and publishing interviews and what not, when the movie’s not there yet? Or, errr movie scheduling in cinemas and stuff…

Maybe not.

In any case, I wanna call WB names but I’ll refrain from doing so on here (grmbl) -

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Oh lord! I really can’t believe they’ve done this!! After all this time waiting and the teaser trailer and all the pics.. I was, like so many of you guys sooo excited! :( I feel really gutted!! I hope they don’t put the last two films back anymore because of this.. and at least if HBP comes out next year we won’t have to wait that much longer for DH.. :/ Still really really really gutted though :( x

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Gophrtbroke, I get the magazine every Friday and they have information in the magazine that has happened that week-(usually stuff from Monday or sometimes Tuesday. I wonder when they do go to print.) So yes the article was most likely prepared more than a few weeks ago but it may have been able to be pulled-if not I don’t think that EW would not have made a comment like thanks for informing us-especially if they have been throwing around this idea at WB for a few weeks.

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@ Lily,

Not sad for eight months, just until november or so… THEN there’ll be BEEDLE and his TALES to look forward to!!! :-D

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wouldn’t it feel so good to Curcio them? I mean, I would definietly REALLY mean it.

(grumbling) pushinf the release to July…..

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I don’t understand WB. Yesterday I went to the cinema to watch the Dark Knight (a GREAT movie) in Barcelona (Spain). They put the HBP trailer (in Spanish) saying “November”! I want to know if the rest of the world have seen this trailer in cinemas this Saturday or if it’s only here in Spain…

By the way, I wouldn’t boycott the Dark Knight since is one of the best movies of the decade. I’m shure WB WON’T change the date again because they would seem a fool.

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I just find it really strange – why did they decide so late? I mean, they’re losing money by doing this, since they put up all the trailers all over the world in theaters and stuff. So why? If it’s just the success of The Dark Knight or whatever, they could’ve decided this earlier, when ‘damage’ hadn’t been done yet. So- Why exactly?? It’s not like WB is a young company that’s still trying to learn how to do their job and stuff. Seven days? I find it very strange. I’m not just asking ‘why’ cos I’m disappointed, I’m wondering ‘why’ because I’m really puzzled. Don’t these guys know their job? Why make that decision so way too late?

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Well of course we’re not gonna make a difference if we all take that attitude. I am going to send many many many letters, howlers, and am boycotting WB. This doesn’t mean I’m gonna throw out the HP stuff I already have, Confederate Lady. Sheesh. People have to take a stand against injustice. And crushing millions of people’s hopes of finally seeing HBP in November is an injustice!!! And I will wait one extra week to see HBP. Hey, if I can wait 11 months, what’s one flimsy week?

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Ok Im sick! what? why? I dont get this at all!

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This is my first ever leaky comment. I just can’t believe they are trying to justify being STUPID!

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I have no belief that the date is going to change by writing letters or online petitions, however I do have certain disgust for what is a movement for nothing more than a desire to protect stock holders. Warner Brothers can do what they want with my letters, but they will receive them. They can ignore all the petitions, but I will sign them. And if there is an issue of flipping a coin over a movie even partly produced by them, I dont like their chances. I will do what needs to be done in order to settle my head over this because these people are playing the game wrong. It is not my fault you can not negotiate quickly and fairly with writers. It is not my fault that whatever movie you had slated to be your tent peg has gone done the tubes. What other studio was so ineptly run that they are pushing back one of the most anticipated films 8 months, only after releasing teaser trailers and having publicity articles released? I will play the game right. I will spend a short amount of time getting my disgust out and with what I keep, I will find other things to do than to watch your media.

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I don’t believe the idea that they are delaying the film because they need extra time to make it, I think it is a straight commercial decision because they didn’t fancy being so close to the Bond film, and thought the July slot would attract a bigger audience, and be their flagship film of the year.

My reaction to the news is that, after we have had a chance to express our opinions, we should simply forget about the movie for 8 months until April, and move onto other things such as Harry, A History, and Beedle the Bard.

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Ugh… people, just take deep breath, would you? WB didnt do this because they are evil or because they hate their fans. they certainly do NOT hate the fans. They’re doing this BECAUSE harry potter is such a juggernaut. They can depend on it making money, and they need something to make money next year. I’ve seen their posted release schedule for 2009 (boxofficemojo.com) and the ONLY thing they have scheduled for the whole summer is Terminator: Resurrection (or whatever it’s called), which is scheduled for May. thats it (and I’m sure T:R will not be a huge money maker). So, in order to move some of the profits to 2009, they move HP. It happens all the time.

Some of the reactions I’ve been reading are really quite frightening and over the top. I know it’s disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world.

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Howlers will not work, angry letters will not work, mass burnings of merchandise in the streets and lynch mobs assaulting WB headquarters will not work (although it might get our point across nicely). The only way to hurt a company of WB’s size is in the pocket. Threats to boycott HBP won’t work because, obviously, no-one is ever going to follow through with them so everything else must go. Everything. All cartoons, all books, all films, all merchandise everything owned and distributed by warner brothers international must be avoided like the plague. Knock a dent in their sales and they’ll roll over and do anything we want. It worked for Nestle.

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UGH! I cant believe that there are people advocating and suggesting pirating the movies so WB wont make money!! What is wrong with this picture!? You are cutting your nose off despite your face. Do you really think that if HBP doesnt make any money that they’re going to be all that crazy about making DH???

Piracy is illegal. it is stealing. Tell me, if you were pissed that your neighbor cut his lawn too early in the morning, would you steal his lawnmower? I’d like to see Leaky remove the post that includes a link to an illegal piracy site.

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I hate this….it’s total greed and they don’t care about the fans this proves it, of course I’ll see the movie when it comes out, but I seriously want to boycott all of their other movies! AHHHH

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i think this is completely stupid. how can they say one thing set one date then change it just because they are worried on making higher rates!!! when i know by alot of my friends who were waiting for November to get here. there has always been two movies skip a year then two more.. but this right here throws it totally off.. it’s not right at all.. WB are worried with making the most money.. well what about the fans they are so making dissappointed not to mention mad… it’s crazy and they will one day regret or look back and think/wish they would of never changed the date….

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“Do you really think that if HBP doesn’t make any money that they’re going to be all that crazy about making DH”

If they don’t then another studio will. They cannot afford NOT to make DH.

“Tell me, if you were pissed that your neighbor cut his lawn too early in the morning, would you steal his lawnmower?”

Non-sequitur. (I would though)

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boycott WBP until HBP comes out that would get their attention quick

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I agree with Beth A- some of you people need to chill out and use your brain.

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boycott WBP until HBP comes out that would get their attention quick

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It’s post-production problems. The film is not ready. WB would never admit it publically, but I guarantee we’ll eventually find out about it through non-WB sources.

There’s no valid business and financial reason to push to summer. The films make great money in November, shareholders don’t like delayed films, and WB knows it. The only logical reason for the delay is post-production issues.

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I just love these people who come on here and post under anonymous things like “L” and “AA” telling us to cool down. Why don’t you at least post your real screen name and stand by what you are saying when you call other people by name and tell them they are being “childish”, “L”? At least The Confederate Lady has the guts to sign her posts when she states her opinion. You may be oh-so-well-adjusted that disappointments don’t affect you, and bully for you if you are. You know nothing about me or my situations, however, and no I don’t need a “break” from the internet, thank you very much. Who assigned you to be my life coach?

So let me tell you something. I have a had a CRAP year. I have lost loved ones, and am about to lose more. I have friends that are losing their loved ones. There are ten billion other things that have sucked this year, but those are the most important. I come here because Harry Potter is my escape, my RELEASE from “dealing with” all sorts of “real life” issues. HBP was the ONE bright spot I and many other HP fans had to look forward to this year and their yanking it at the last minute has destroyed that. So, yes, I am PISSED. And for such a totally insulting reason as taking advantage of our passion and obsession to increase the lining of their already bulging pockets with more of our movie money, it just disgusts me.

So go ahead and tell me I am acting like a child. If I am, so WHAT? Taht is my right. I have to be an adult, and a strong freaking one, in every other aspect of my life, so if I feel like coming on here and spewing about this heinous decision, I will. I will send Howlers, knowing they won’t change anything. I will sign every petition, as Joe Bitterman said. I will boycott. It makes me FEEL better, even knowing that WB does not care and is unlikely to change anything. It feels better to do something with all this rage and disappointment than to sit back and do nothing. And I will NOT see it opening weekend. Oh, I’ll see it, but I am going to make sure they get the least amount of money and benefit out of me, and my friends and family, as possible.

I would just like to point out that if all the naysayers WOULD get on board and join those of us who are actively protesting, WB would truly be forced to make some changes. If the bottom fell out of their bottom line, don’t you think they would scramble to get that money back?

But whatever, whether you agree with us or not or think we’re being childish, I really don’t care. You’re entitled to your opinion and I am so, SO happy for you that you will go merrily about your blessed life with no problems until next summer. Feel free to ignore my posts when I give the links or addresses and information for people like me, who ARE protesting, and I will do the same for yours.

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Is there any word on what JK herself thinks about this?

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That’s nice.. Whatever. What’s done is done.

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Right on LemonFaerie!! I would love to take a quill and carve “I will not tell lies” on some WB shmuck.

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please pottercast about this! please please please!! us fans need you more than ever now.

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LemonFaerie, has it occured to you that some of us don’t have a set screenname? it’s a good idea not to post your real name on the internet.

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Frankly the decision to move it doesn’t make the slightest sense to me. I already expected it to be garbage so that can’t be the reason. I found the editing done on Order Of the Phoenix hard to watch and since it is the same team this time around I wasn’t holding out for much. Second I don’t see how they can fail to make major money with this November release. I only had one movie on my list to watch these coming months and it was Half-Blood Prince. I can’t think of any block buster big budget films coming out in the next few months that are worth seeing or in the same category. In fact outside of Twilight no other film in being released will pull the same demographic or psychgraphic. They really dropped the ball on this. I may end up seeing the film on DVD rental whenever it comes out instead of the big screen. WB pretty much lost me on the series now.

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Oh, I’m so sorry, “H.” Did you think “LemonFaerie” is MY “real name”? I meant something identifiable as an online alias, not your real name. Seriously.

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wooo!!! it comes out on my birthday!! dances

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Harry Potter is being delayed because Horn may not get his bonus next year if does not come up with a way to increase revenue for 2009. He does not care if Harry Potter makes more money this year or next. Sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings but since I’m not a teen or tween I have to say that you guys are fickle. With Twilight coming out Harry Potter could loose a lot of fans to that series and HP may actually take in less money next year. With Beedle the Bard, the special edition of Sorcerer’s Stone coming out, and Dan in New York doing Equus the hype is better this year. WB may also have created a lot of bad feeling since The Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) had to cancel The Royal Film Performance which had planned to screen Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It will still make a ton of money for WB but there will an extra 8 months of promotion to go through and filming of the next film will be in full swing and actors may not be happy when they have to break to do promos.

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Has anyone considered the fact that Warner Bros. anticipated that we would be OUTRAGED by their actions, and are using us? Maybe we are part of a big PR campaign. Think about it. Warner’s pushes back the date, we respond in kind, then Warner’s makes a big show in response to our flood of indignation (“We love our fans”) by restoring the release date, or at least releasing it in December (holiday markets are a big money-maker as well) , and in doing so has drummed up a lot of publicity. Harry Potter fans celebrate our “success” over Warner’s by making HBP an absolute blowout opening weekend for them. I wonder if this is all part of a big publicity plan, and we are playing right into it. Hmmm… just a thought.

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I just dont get the logic of waiting for DVD… so if its not released the original date they promised, and they make you wait 8 months to see it, your answer is to…. wait an ADDITIONAL 5 months on top of that? How is that logical? If ya’ll want to send letters, and emails, and online petitions (which, by the way, are only one step up on the credibility scale then that letter from the deposed leader of Botswana that wants you to hold his 8 million bucks) have at it. I hope it makes you feel better. Some of us are disappointed, will be a bit bummed, then will get passed it because we know that these things happen.

And to LemonFaerie, I hope all this does make you feel better. I can understand when an extra disappointment is lumped on top of everything. I encourage you to let it all out…

but, just a bone of contention with one of your gripes: they’re not increasing the lining of their pocket, they’re just moving money from one pocket to the other (from 2008 to 2009). Makes things more BALANCED (corporations love balance).

Signed by the name I’ve alsays used here…

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Oooooo… i like your idea, Snapealicious. it’s just like New Coke: Take a product that is LOVED by people world wide for decades… mess with the formula and call it New Coke…. feel the wrath of all of your paying customers…. New Coke is a debacle…. start selling the old stuff under the name Coke Classic…. the consumers go nuts that it’s “back”, and Coke Classic breaks sales records. Diabolical, WB, very diabolical… but brilliant!

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I agree with those who are advocating the stay calm response. I wrote and e-mail to WB expressing my dissatisfaction with their decision to move the movie’s release up to next July. There is not much more I can do other than to boycott any WB projects, movies, TV shows, etc. And I think the idea of not going to see the movie in the first week is a good idea; that would really show WB what we thought of their idea to postpone the opening of the movie. Pirating the movie is not the answer; like so many others have pointed out it is illegal and is stealing and I would hope TLC would not support any one in trying to do so. Lets just take it easy, there is nothing we can do to change their minds, we can only show them how we resent their decision so lets do that.

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I definitely understand how you feel, LemonFaerie. I too have looked upon the release of HBP as one of the few true bright spots in an otherwise crappy year. It was only a few months away, and now, it’s A YEAR away. Damn.

I know this may sound pathetic to some, so what. Our actions that we use to express our dismay over the release date may not change a thing. At least in doing so, whether signing a petition, or mailing “Howlers”, or sending an Email, or even blowing off some steam in a community forum of like-minded fans such as this make some of us feel like we are having our voice be heard, at least by someone. There should be no harm in that. Indeed.

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“I want to AVADA KEDAVRA their asses!!!”

Matea, I completely agree.

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I’m as disappointed as anyone. But I’m not sending any howlers in any form or signing petitions. It’s business, folks, like it or not. WB, like every other studio, is in it to make money. It does seem weird that they didn’t at least try to contact EW in time to let them change the date on the front cover. I would think that the actual article still might have run, just given that it would have been very difficult to replace it at the last minute. And, I’m thinking that I should go get a copy of it since it will be something of a collector’s type anomoly because of the date changes.

LemonFaerie, I’m very sorry to hear that this is such a difficult year for you, but quite honestly, do you really think you are the only person who comes here who has a less than wonderful life? My year was last year when my husband was going through cancer surgery and treatment. But I didn’t let my fear over what he was going through consume me. It’s not healthy to live with hatred and ager, nor does it help those who need your help and strength.

There’s nothing wrong with people writing letters/ emails/ or signing petitions to express how disappointed they feel. But, then, let it go. WB has made their decision and we have to live with it. There’s just no point in getting your knickers in a twist over something you can’t change. If you have that much energy to take on WB, why not use it for something you can change? Get involved in some local effort ot help the homeless or to help kids who need a tutor or improve the recycling efforts in your town. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then chose something that’s more global, like Dafur, or raising money to stop the poaching of gorillas in the Virunga National Park in Africa: http://gorilla.wildlifedirect.org/

Or you could get involved with raising money for cancer research. Did you know that you can turn your own walk or mountain climbing experience into a fundraiser by tapping into one of the national organizations? I didn’t until a friend used her Mount Rainier summit try by tying to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer site. Her original goal was just to summit, then she decided to do it as a fund raiser in honor of her mother who died in 2005. Doing something to help others makes the time pass more quickly as well.

My point in this very long post that many won’t read, is that while life hands us more than we think we can possible tolerate, we still have the choice of how we will respond. Might as well choose to do something useful and positive, especially considering that harboring that much anger will only have a negative affect on the person who is angry, as well as all those in their family who have to hear it.

And then next summer we can all see HBP and know that it isn’t such a long wait till the first half of DH.

Pat

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I really dislike this whole situation. I’ve heard a lot of good comments from boycotters and non-boycotters and I for one will think twice before going to a WB movie just because I do think this is a money decision and not a production problem. Harry Potter will rack in cash whenever it comes out and If its as good as they say It is It’ll be the highest grossing of the series.

But I’d have to say the worst is Alan Horn saying he’s seen it and its fantastic. Its like throwing up the big middle finger to all the Potter fans. I’ll go on opening night, but I’ll restrain from going repeat times because I don’t want this to succeed and WB decide to change DH premiers to Summer releases. I’d much rather watch Potter at Thanksgiving cause it’s just always felt like a holiday movie than a summer movie.

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Fans can be influential, remember that! It worked for Family Guy, IT CAN WORK FOR THIS! DO ALL YOU CAN to get it put back in place!

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Also HBP was chosen for the Royal Premiere in England this year, which is all for charity and it only happens once a year. WB changing the release date canceled the Royal Premiere and they may or may not find another movie for it. But the charities lose out on money, because of the change. It seems like the perfect cartoon where the huge tycoons are sitting inside counting money when they look out the window and see starving orphans at the gate and the tycoons just laugh that evil laugh.

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I will be glad when I am done giving WB / JKR my $$$. I love the series and will go to and buy the remaining movies but I think both are quite disrespectful of their fans. It’s the fans that flocked to buy her books that have transformed JKR from a welfare mom into one of the richest women in the world and it’s the fans that will give WB the profits it desires. We deserve more respect than we get. A big BOO, HISS to this decision.

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I’m fun because of people calling calm. Congratulations. People mature and responsible, which uses the brain (that they claim). Maybe these people have not seriously ill children who are fans of Harry Potter, and who have no time to lose to see all the films until the end. Have you thought about that?

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The Harry Potter characters have made their own views known on this latest and most heinous development at the following blog (remove spaces):

ht tp://mrs splapthing.blog spot.com/2008/08/great-sucking-dragon-balls-is-this-work. html

WARNING: Ron Weasley read this and laughed so hard he needed his slug bucket!

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I’m bummed and hell peeved with Warner Bros. But I know that boycotting the film or any other film won’t bring it back to the November lineup. I hate to be patient and the fact is that was the only film I’ve been dying to see, but I’ll have to wait.

Why would Warner Bros do this?

Everyone right away says money. Two blockbusters will put them in a higher tax bracket, and if they have no films next year it could hurt them financially. The old adage of never putting all your eggs in one basket fits here. No matter what they knew the movie would make money no matter where it’s placed. I mean its pg-13 meaning the biggest fans are tweens, teens, and adults. They don’t need a break to see a movie. Those age brackets see movies all the time. G and PG movies are the ones traditionally that have to be placed near extended holidays so that children can go and see them.

As mad as I am I can see why they’d want to move it. (I’ve not seen or now plan to see Batman but this might be of interest) One they didn’t expect the hype of Batman, because they never expected the death of one of its stars. How sad that was, it served as publicity. Fans flocked to see his last work. People are demanding that Heath Ledger be nominated for an academy award. Not to mention the tons of special effects that were used. Someone said movies are more looked at during the fall for Oscar nominations. That’s usually true however this film isn’t going to be bypassed by the Oscar committee. So would HP really be Oscar worthy this year. Sadly nope, not when the buzz would be over Batman. So for those who want HP to get at least a nomination, the move is actually a good thing. Because next year’s list of films doesn’t seem to have that big of budgeted films, HP is more likely to score nominations in best special effects, set design, costuming, etc.

Two when the date was selected we only had the seventh book after the fifth movie. Warner Bros. was scared of interest waning because nothing big would be there to keep interest. However Melissa Anelli’s book is due to hit store shelves in the fall and then surprise the tales of Beedle the Bard was announced for December. It means fans have two big things to look forward to while they wait longer. Warner Bros didn’t want HP fans to have everything at once and then a long wait. This stretches out hype over a longer period of time. By the time the movie has a second trailer, we will be getting images from fans showing sets and spotting actors donning their costumes while on set for the seventh/eighth film. We will have lots to look at while we wait. What will carry the hype to movies seven and eight, a dvd release and maybe The Scottish Book (crosses fingers and toes). But if two years was to pass after movie six, interest might wane for movie seven/eight.

Dan’s schedule. The boy is busy and it gives him a chance to do every performance at Equus. Not everyone cares, but Dan knows that he needs to have a resume that has more than Harry Potter listed on it, if he wants to continue. Big boost to him would be a Tony nomination or even a win. He wouldn’t just be Harry Potter, he’d be Tony Award winner/nominee as well as star of the franchise Harry Potter.

With a delay, gives the people who do special effects and editing to make sure there aren’t any mistakes. I don’t think they are planning to re-shoot scenes, add the walrus mustache to Slughorn, or even make Cissy’s hair blonde (not skunk like). But they can make sure things look solid, more realistic, and touch up things until they are perfected. Also they can take time doing the voice work, some scenes as good as they are, sometimes have to be re-voiced for perfection. So hopefully this length will allow them to make the movie a blast.

Finally and yes this is why we hate WB, but so far the movies for 2009 aren’t going to be that great since most blockbusters that were scheduled for next summer have either been delayed or cancelled because of the writer’s strike (ex. WB’s film Justice League). As much as fans don’t like it, Warner Bros knows better to have the rule of the summer than to compete with movies like Twilight during a busy holiday. Not that they wouldn’t make money, but just like everyone this summer raved and basically spoke only about Batman as if it were Casblanca 2008, we should hope that HP roles off their tongues in a similar manner. Yes, we are peeved and ready to hang the executives at Warner Bros, but stop to think wouldn’t they be a bit foolish not to advantage of pushing back the date, rather than rushing to meet the deadline. In all yes they’ve angered fans, but there are huge advantages to doing so.

My suggestion is calm down and look to Melissa’s book and of course Beedle the Bard. I’m positive these things won’t let us down.

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Umm, this movie has been anticipated for a year and a half, AND they’ve already put the damned trailer out! THEY CAN’T GET AWAY WITH THIS!! BRING THEM DOWN!!

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WB are greedy @#$&*^$.... it doesnt matter that 5 times now they have dominated the christmas season and made millions. The sad thing is even I will go to the movies when it comes out instead of telling them to stuff it. cripes potter has almost become a “Christmas Tradition” . Thanks Time-Warner… you have again ruined a good thing. If not for the bad karma kick in the pants I would wish bad things on you !

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“Also HBP was chosen for the Royal Premiere in England this year, which is all for charity and it only happens once a year. WB changing the release date canceled the Royal Premiere and they may or may not find another movie for it. But the charities lose out on money, because of the change.”

That’s one of the most upsetting parts about the WB changing the film’s release date. The WB executives were probably just thinking about their own profits and didn’t care about the collateral damage that would result from moving the film to July.

Really, this whole thing just makes me very sad. I’ll still see the movie on its opening weekend, but the whole experience will probably feel very tainted to me.

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The first line of the article says maybe Harry should have brought a note from his parents. Ummmmm someone should tell whoever wrote that article that Harry doesn’t have parents…..lol

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Warner Brothers sucks. I’m boycotting all WB movies.

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Beth: “Piracy is illegal. it is stealing.”

No, It’s not. It’s copyright infringement. It’s NOT stealing. I wish people would stop saying that.

“Tell me, if you were pissed that your neighbor cut his lawn too early in the morning, would you steal his lawnmower?”

That’s a bad analogy. If I steal a physical object from someone, they don’t have it anymore. If I d/l a movie file, that doesn’t mean WB doesn’t have the movie anymore.

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some of you people need to get off the cross already. sure, it sucks that we have to wait 8 more months for this movie, but this is hardly worth getting so riled up over. if the worst thing in your life is having to wait a little bit longer for a movie you want to see, then you should be counting your blessings, not cursing people who don’t really give a crap about you when they know you’re going to fork over your money regardless. it’s a shame most of you don’t get this upset and ready to take action over REAL injustices. grow up.

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LemonFaerie said “I just love these people who come on here and post under anonymous things like’“L’ and ‘AA’ telling us to cool down. Why don’t you at least post your real screen name and stand by what you are saying when you call other people by name and tell them they are being ‘childish’”

There’s a manga (Japanese comic) series where there’s a character named “L”. He has a full name, but everyone just calls him “L”, as that’s the code name he uses throughout the series (and his full name only appears in supplementary material, as it is). So “L” might very well be someone’s “full” screen name.

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It’s crap that they say it had been on the “back burner” for a while. WE ARNT STUPID, WB! Potter is a huge cash cow for them and any BIG dicision like bumping for stupid Twilight is the most rotten thing to do to loyal costomers and fans of Potter! Mabey they thought that Twilight will fuel consumer sales on all products for both Twilight and Potter..I dont know? The only thing that makes sense is that Potters winding down, coming to a close soon, and Twilight has a longer shelf life, and is somthing new for ticket buyers. EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS TWILIGHT, GO IN YOUR POTTER ROBES! And if they thought November was such a bad placement for Potter, why put their new BIG film, Twilight, in the slot, huh?

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It’s crap that they say it had been on the “back burner” for a while. WE ARNT STUPID, WB! Potter is a huge cash cow for them and any BIG dicision like bumping for stupid Twilight is the most rotten thing to do to loyal costomers and fans of Potter! Mabey they thought that Twilight will fuel consumer sales on all products for both Twilight and Potter..I dont know? The only thing that makes sense is that Potters winding down, coming to a close soon, and Twilight has a longer shelf life, and is somthing new for ticket buyers. EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS TWILIGHT, GO IN YOUR POTTER ROBES!

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It’s crap that they say it had been on the “back burner” for a while. WE ARNT STUPID, WB! Potter is a huge cash cow for them and any BIG dicision like bumping for stupid Twilight is the most rotten thing to do to loyal costomers and fans of Potter! Mabey they thought that Twilight will fuel consumer sales on all products for both Twilight and Potter..I dont know? The only thing that makes sense is that Potters winding down, coming to a close soon, and Twilight has a longer shelf life, and is somthing new for ticket buyers. EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS TWILIGHT, GO IN YOUR POTTER ROBES! And if they thought November was such a bad placement for Potter, why put their new BIG film, Twilight, in the slot, huh?

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“There’s no valid business and financial reason to push to summer. The films make great money in November, shareholders don’t like delayed films, and WB knows it. The only logical reason for the delay is post-production issues.”

This is not about HOW MUCH money, it is about WHEN they make the money. As someone said earlier, they are doing this to move HBP profits from their 2008 balance sheet to their 2009 balance sheet – simple economics.

TDK has overperformed by about $250 million , they don’t need HBP dollars this year. On the other hand, with only one blockbuster (terminator:salvation) due for release by WB next year due to the writer’s strike delaying production on other films, they do need the HBP dollars in their 2009 balance sheet to make it look better.

Like I said, simple economics, no conspiracy theories, as much as simple economics sucks for us fans because of the delays.

So please stop regurgitating the rumours that the delay is because of production problems because that is total rot. The film is done for all intents and purposes. They still have to do test screenings – if they had been done, believe me Leaky and other sites like AICN would know about it by now, they always have in the past – and they will still do those now and not delay because despite the delay in release, Yates and Heyman need to lock this film and move onto working on DH which starts filming in February. If there were problems with HBP they would be delaying DH, they aren’t.

Also, let’s address the issue of delaying because it’s bad because it’s been done before. Yes, film studios delay films sometimes if they are worried about them, but they don’t delay them to the prime slot of mid summer in the US. They dump films they are worried about in February, or August/September, they DO NOT dump then in mid July, in the slot which OOTP made all it’s money last year, in the slot in which TDK made all it’s money this year.

It is very unfair on the cast and crew for these sort of rumours to be spread around as it casts aspersions on the hard work they have put in on this film. I am quite sure that those involved in the actual making of this film – as opposed to the suits in Hollywood – are as upset about this delay as we are, even if only because ridiculous rumours like this are able to be spread.

So, let’s give the conspiracy theories a rest shall we because, as they said in the LA Times article on this, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, ie it’s just about the balance sheet, nothing more suspicious than that.

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HEY JUST because you are angry does NOT mean that u can behave like this!!! it was a choice they made i think we should accept it!!

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Wow-I just woke up in the middle of the night and literally said this out loud to myself-i think i have an idea why they moved it--the movie is rated R. They are hoping more kids will have turned 17 by the time it comes out so that parents will let their kids go-the hugest audience. More “family tentpole” get it? Sure, I might be stretching it, considering the rating hasn’t even come out yet, but most movies have been rated by the time they have less than 100 or so days before release. Let me know what you think…...

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look folks, until they tell us directly, we don’t know that true reason. Uninformed speculation accomplishes nothing. I work with many of the film studios on a daily basis, and in my experience, there are a few reasons films are pushed back or shelved. 1 – its terrible (i’ve seen many titles that never even made it to video release). 2 – competition films or the studio wishing to focus their PR machine on a nearby release (nothing worse than jeopardizing your own box-office returns). 3 – the film needs more time in post production (rushed films always lead to disappointment). I’ve read that some people do not want to hear about technical necessity, but it is entirely possible. Digital files can be easily corrupted (how many problems have you had with your own files?) and they may need to go back and fix some things.

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Just a question. Has anyone heard what this does to the opening of the theme park? Oh wait, maybe that’s the reason they changed it. Hmm, opening a theme park with the opening of the movie would seem like a very smart way to bring people to the park.

I would guess that there is something to this idea even if the park still needs some work, ie some exhibits are not available until release of the last two movies.

Just a thought.

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I HATE WB s I MEAN ,CMON MAN ITS HBP !!!!!! ITS NOT SOME KIND OF A STUPID DUMB DISNEY MOVIE HUH???? WEVE BEEN WATIN FOR THIS FOR SUCH A LONG TIME AND WHAT THEY DO IS THIS????? ( I THINK THEY JUST CARE ABOUT THE MONEY AND NOT US , THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEM SUCCESSSSSSSFUL!!!!!!!!) JKR SHOULD DO SOMETHIN ABOUT THIS BECAUS SHE KEEPS HER PROMISES!!!!!!!!!!

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I posted something similiar to this on the original article and I think it is even more relevant here.

Listen people. WB does not care about the opening weekend and your threats to boycott. There are 2 reasons for this.

1. There is no way on the face of this earth that the Potter Fandom is going to miss out on seeing it. Even if you don’t see it on opening weekend or don’t see it 5 times on the opening day. It doesn’t matter to them. You are still going to go see it at some point and you will watch it 7 times before they pull it from the line up three and a half months before the DVD release. So if you go see it WB still gets their money. A boycott of opening weekend means nothing. We think it does because we publicize opening weekend numbers. They don’t care about opening weekend numbers. They care about numbers period. They don’t get any more money for an opening weekend viewing as they would for a three week out viewing.

2. The fans do not make decisions on what movie is or when it comes out. It is the same with all corporate paraded art. There is no say by the consumer, because the demand is contant. You think the demand has gone down in anyway for HP because of this announcement. Not a chance. There will always be a demand for Harry. There will never be enough of us who are loyal enough to say forget it, I will just buy it on DVD.

We want to see the movie. It is obvious by the outcry of fans in the last four days. We will wait for it. In the end there is nothing that we can do.

One last thought. For everyone that believes the statements about KARMA taking care of this. There is no KARMA for WB. They do what they wish and for decades that have done what they wish and it neve bites them. Why? Because KARMA is for the poor and independent. Corporate America does not face KARMA. Corporate America is like a rapper with 100,000,000 bucks, they can buy there way out of anything.

One last last thought. WB also doesn’t care because whatever they spent on the last ten movies that have been produced by the studio, Dark Knight made them the money back, plus interest. WB has not lost money on a movie since its inception. They don’t care about us. They care about the bottom line.

Deal with it and move on. Go see the movie in July. Opening weekend or not, it doens’t matter. Enjoy the movie, don’t let anything take that from you. You waited this long, you can wait a little longer.

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I think Snapealicious maybe onto something with the publicity thing. It is fishy that Dan, Rupert, Emma, and JKR haven’t commented yet. On a different note, we need to tell FoxNews it wasn’t Dan’s fault.

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TLC, I think you may have been a little too creative with that one. =9

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FACT: The Film is ready to go. It might need test screenings, but for all intents and purposes, it is ready for Worldwide release in November.

WB has pretty much admitted that this delay is due to MONEY: Making MORE money in July rather than November.

They are doing this because they KNOW how LOYAL the HP fans are. Please, lets do something about it, even if it doesn’t result in moving the film to November:

FYI:

New Line Cinema is part of Warner Brothers Cinema Reprise Records is part of Warner Brothers Music. BOYCOTT EVERYTHING AOL/TIME/WARNER!

I’ll be looking for more WB affiliates to post. And by the way, if a couple of hundred fans were to show up at the WB studio. Media Coverage would be almost guaranteed, and at worst there’d be media coverage of the fan’s outrage, at best we could make WB look like the Grinch who stole HP, and maybe even walk away with HP promotional goodies. I’m serious! Fan outrage has brought back canceled TV series before. If all of you are as outraged as we all seem, then let’s show Warner that we mean business!

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chocolateisnotforbreakfast: If that is the reason, they sure made a hash of selling the message. Like roonwit, I think most people would have been happy if WB had come out and said `We want to make the best movie we possibly can do, and if that takes a little more time, so be it’.

Instead, they literally said `This movie’s great, you’ll all love it, but for the sole reason that we want to make more money, we’re not going to let you see it yet.’ The message? Not `You are all smart enough to realise that a good movie takes time, but `You are all so dumb that you’re not going to complain if we put profits ahead of art’.

Either way, their PR has been shocking. And it seems like a pretty big and rash decision to make so hurriedly.

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are they trying to kill us! i mean i have been waiting for nov 21 since i heard that hbp would come out that day but now…

omg i can’t even explain my feeling of hateeeee!

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I guess one thing is for sure – we’ll learn how complete the film is some time in the next few months because, if it IS basically in a state of completion, there is no way that it’s not going to get leaked onto the internet …

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The more I learn about this, the angrier I’ve become. WB should have been honest from the get go.

Alan Horn was the WRONG Person to be the Spokesman for WB. You do not brag about getting a sneak peak at a movie the Public, especially Children have been desparate to see. He must have read the Idiot’s Guide to Public Relations and how to tick off your Fans 101. You don’t spit on someone then say “I love you”.

If anything, they’ve turned a LOT of us into Anti-WB people. I just hope this doesn’t have a ripple effect on shows like ER who has one of the most talented cast of people on television.

The thing is, they wouldn’t do this if they were a small, one item company and relied on Customer Satisfaction to keep in business. All it takes is one negative experience and you lose millions. Unfortunately WB is so big they’ll never feel the affect of their decision.

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WB is Kira.

I am the third L, alias Near.

We can stop WB. They have pulled a Scrooge. This heinous act cannot be unpunished. If any of you truly love Harry Potter, you will do something about it.

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WB is making a sound business decision based on the information they have available.

Fact: The writers’ strike left gaps in the 2009 summer calendar.

Fact: Summer movies usually make the most money.

Fact: HP suckers will watch the movie whether it’s in the winter or summer.

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I agree with the general consensus that this date change totally blows!!!

If WB was so concerned about how the writers strike was going to affect current productions and whatever other crap they said. Then why, why oh why did they not make a decision months ago to change the release date?????

If they really “care about their fans…. and are going to “pacify” us over the coming months how exactly do they plan on doing this?? They won’t release another trailer until about march or april next year and in the mean time they expect us to settle some pretty pictures?..... I don’t think so!!!!!!

I wonder what they would do they were bombarded with emails and letters from furious fans worldwide telling them what we think of them…. probably nothing but it might make them think twice about doing something this stupid again.

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Most hated company in the World right now: Warner Bros!

They should have lied and told us “We are really really sorry, but… unavoidable problem… out of our control…” instead of making fans so irate with their greed for our dollars

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L III here again:

To any of ou who think WB will succed regardless: you need a good smack in the face with a bag of reality bricks.

They cannot pull this off. This is a cowardly, hypocritical and moronic move on their pat, and by Buddha (I’m a Buddhist), it’s a huge one.

If ANY of you truly love Harry Potter, you will do something about this.

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Nutshell is completely correct. The fact is they have other movies for november december, but next year they wont. All those movies that were to be released then will not be and therefore leave a gap.

HOWEVER, i still think they have gone about it the wrong way. had they announced this by releasing the trailer with the new date it would have been better. having a trailer saying Nov 21 and then only a couple of weeks later saying july is unfair.

Unfortunately in the end i think it will backfire big time on WB and the fans. There is a virtually finished film with a whole 11 months til release. Its Harry Potter, and there are pissed off people out there. My bet: The film will be leaked!

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I’m SO not going to watch the movie in theaters if they move it to the end of the friggin’ summer!!

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the only way i’ll watch it is if they add BILL in there!! I still can’t believe they gave that part away!!! ughghgh

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I hope someone gets ahold of that movie and sends a wild fire of it over the internet.

WB should have their asses sued for being so greedy!

I don’t care about summer movies, or what makes better sence for them. We Potter fans have been wainting long enough and to fool us into thinking it will be released in November is BS.

HP is a holiday movie …. not some summer blockbuster money sheme

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This is ridiculous, so we only have a movie released for the summer English and American markets. I’m sure all HP fans would bare the cold to see HP in November rather than wait another seven months. Maybe The Leaky Cauldron along with other HP site could get an online petition going to change WB decision. If they can change their minds in seven days then they can change it back.

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okay i have vented and now i have gotten to thinking about this whoile release date push back thing as well as the backlash wb has to be seeing( i sent them several emails as well a strongly worded comment) and this most recent report to me smacks of trying to put somekind of spin on this to cover their asses while still going ahead with the push back in release date. I do not blame the makers of Twilight for moving up their release date as they are only taking advantage of WB greed to try to pullin some of the people who had made plans and special agrangments ( such as using vacation time to get the day off from work) to see HBP, They have nothing to to with WB ( as far as I know) so they hold no resposibility or blame for the date change. now for the change of release date , if it had been to re shoot some scenes or completely post production or some other legitimate and defendable reason id have no problem with it , as long as it was a reasonable amount of time to push it back and 8 months is not reasonable, as the could reshoot half the movie in that time. For the record I am Boycotting all WB releases til HBP and all WB dvd releases until HBP comes out on dvd as well as any other WB merchandise as for the books ill not boycott them unless it it quite clear WB has a hand in making them ( such as a book of pics from the movies) , they will get my money but not before i am ready to give it to them! I have signed the petitions even though i know they will not do any good but it helped me to vent the frudtration and anger we all felt, I have not forgiven WB for this and i never will. WB would not be stupid enough to cancel DH1 and 2 move them to dates they believe will bring them the most money yes but cancel them no as that would be like turning your cash cow into hamburger

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as for the writer’s strike its there own fault it went on for so long, if they had settled withthe writers sooner they would not have had these gaps and that being said WB is most likely not the only studio to have this problem and if they are again its their fault for not having the foresight to have plenty of scripts ready to go as there was plenty of warning of the writer’s strike. Bottom line HBP is complete and i agree with others , it will get leaked to the net and bootleg copies willbe sold there is just too much of a chance for easy money to be made by a greedy wb employee for it not to happen, basicly WB need to purt armed guards onthe vault where the prints of HBP are stored and armed guard to keep the other armed guards honest and so forth

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I think this really is a strictly coldhearted money decision. The stock is up right now and will stay up because of HBP. Shareholders will love it. They’d rather have two good years than one extra-good & one flop.

Fans and creatives working on the films be damned.

They really, really must think this is a good business decision, because it will cost a fortune to halt the juggernaut of the November launch.

This seems like one of those “too clever by half” business decisions that may turn around and bite them on the ass.

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Since nutshell is such a fan of using this format to get points across…..

Fact: Prisoner of Azkaban was one of only two Harry Potter films to be released in summer. It had the lowest gross of all Harry Potter films. Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone was released in fall. It has the highest gross of all Harry Potter films to date.

Fact: WB is really bad at identifying the cause of a film’s success. They think that the season is the most important factor. As shown by the previous fact, they are wrong.

Fact: Because of the near irrelevance of the season when it comes to a hyped juggernaut like Harry Potter, If WB wanted to move their gross to next year they could have just pushed it to Jan 2009. Pushing it back only 2 months would have made it far less of a PR disaster for them and most probably would have made a negligible difference to total gross.

Fact: Saying that nobody will end up boycotting will certainly not inspire anyone to join the boycott. Saying that nobody will end up boycotting is a guess, and could end up being a poor guess.

Fact: Accepting that a boycott against WB can be successful, as boycotts have been in the past, will inspire many more fans to boycott.

Fact: Forgetting your disappointment and going to see HBP anyway is giving WB exactly what they want. It is showing them that you don’t mind at all if they knock release dates back at the last moment because you’ll accept it without question and end up going to see the movie in the cinema anyway.

Fact: The only way to make a corporation like WB feel that they made a mistake is to hit their pockets.

Fact: Core fans are overrepresented in the film gross, as they are much more likely to watch the films multiple times in the cinema. Therefore, a boycott from the core fans will have a larger effect than anticipated.

Fact: There are a LOT of Harry Potter fans worldwide. Depending on how you define “fan”, they may number in the millions.

Fact: Even a boycott from thousands of core fans will not be enough to make a significant reduction in the gross for HBP.

Fact: With effort and organisation, a boycott can be spread beyond the core fans to casual fans, friends, family and other moviegoers. The number of boycotters would snowball.

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Jen, I hope you’re right and the film is leaked. That would be quite a spectacular backfire for WB. Sitting on a completed and massively anticipated for film 11 months is just plain stupid in my opinion.

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This is a publicity stunt by WB to try and get a frenzy over the opening of there HP Theme park in 2009

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I agree, the timing is pathetic! If they had to make this decision they should have done it before the release of the trailer, I think people would have been a bit more accommodating then. Not let all the fans start getting ready for Nov with an awesome trailer and then take it away from us a week or so later.

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I won’t be boycotting the movie, no matter when it comes out. I’m going the first night. For those of you who are going to boycott, and I’m sure that some people will hold a grudge that long, I hope you realize that the only person you are hurting is you. WB is going to make money on the film whether you go or not. Those of us who chose to go when the film is in the theaters will have the opportunity to enjoy it on the big screen, and later on the DVD. So, by staying home, or seeing it later, you may feel that you’ve made a point, but all you really are doing is putting yourself in the position of spoilers about the movie, which are fairly hard to avoid.

As for the piracy issue, it doesn’t matter whether you steal a physical copy of the movie or not. If you think that taking something that doesn’t belong to you without paying for it isn’t theft, then you need to seriously look at your sense of ethics. Piracy IS stealing and whenever you do it, you show a selfish disregard and disrespect for everyone who worked on the film.

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Hah, it seems that no matter how many times I write this the cynics ignore it.

WB will be hurt if ENOUGH people boycott. I have no illusions about just how many boycotters will be required to do that. Hundreds of thousands of people. That is what we are trying to arrange. And we can arrange it.

Listen, none of us truly want to miss this film in the cinema. We just want to make a stand on this issue even more, so much that we are willing to give up something we really want. That’s our position and I for one am not budging on it.

There are definitely going to be fans who end up boycotting, and I am going to do my best to make sure that none of us are doing it for nothing, by making sure that we make a united effort.

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Just a question: WHY are so many people here determined to lecture me? I am not the only angry person in the HP fandom at the moment. Or the only one boycotting, signing petitions and sending Howlers. But I seem to be the one who is getting singled out. Why? You guys who feel the way I do about WB right now, am I coming off as unbalanced somehow? Maybe I don’t realize it. When I am mad I tend to say/write what I am feeling as I go along. But I cannot figure out what I have said that has invited all these personal therapists to single me out.

@Pat/Eeyor, you are not the only one to single me out here, but with all due respect, I NEVER said I was the only one who came here that had a less than perfect life, I don’t know where you got that. I was responding to a specific person (who also wanted to lecture me) about my specific situation, nothing to do with you or anyone else. In fact I did say that many of my HP friends are ALSO having a terrible year (NOT just me) and are just as upset as I am that we have lost the movie in November. I’m very sorry to hear about what you went through with your husband, and I hope he is OK now. I’m glad you handled it in such a healthy manner. Truly. But your experiences have nothing to do with mine and you don’t know me at all. The people who need my help and strength HAVE it. Daily. 24/7. As I said in my post, I come here for a release. I have been looking forward to this movie for a long time and I am angry and disappointed that I now have to wait until next summer. I have come here to express that. Somehow, several people now seem to think I need a lecture on how to handle my personal life AND that they are the ones to give it to me. Your post assumes that I do not already do those things (volunteering, etc.), which frankly I find a bit insulting and offensive, since I have and do. I don’t need you to tell me how to spend my time or what “meaningful activities” I could or should undertake that would be a better use of my time. I don’t think it is appropriate to list them in the middle of a rant, however. So, when I post all my anger at WB, I don’t follow it with: “But I am a completely mentally healthy individual who volunteers 20 hours a week at my local hospital and does the marathon every year for the Leukemia Society.” Or whatever. I am not “living with hatred and anger” as you put it. I am angry right NOW, which is not the same thing. I think I have a right to be angry, as so many of us are, and I have a right to post about it here without inviting every mental health guru to lecture me about it. It’s also not “healthy” to let stuff like this simmer, I have heard. I like to rant a bit with like-minded people when I am upset about something because THAT calms me down, makes me feel better and helps me get past it, eventually. Being lectured has the exact opposite effect.

There are people in my life who are afraid they may not make it to see HBP now, who were really looking forward to it. People who have already had to acknowledge they will not see DH. I am not just angry for me, I am angry for THEM. At the end of the day, yes, it is just a movie and in the grand scheme of things it is small potatoes. But sometimes that is all that people really have. I really wish people would think about that before they single out one angry person and decide, without knowing them or their situation, to start telling them all the reasons they should get over it, calm down, let go, deal and move on.

It is also wrong to break a promise, and that is what WB has done. They gave us their “word,” for all intents and purposes, that we would get the movie on November 21, 2008. People took them at their word and began looking forward to it. They made plans. They got excited. So, now they’re mad. I suggest that perhaps all the “calm down and deal with it” people “deal” with that. Maybe the HP boards are not the place for you all to be right now, when so many of your fellow HP fans are this angry, if it annoys you so much to hear about it. I’m not saying I want anyone to stay away. But these boards are for ALL HP fans and a lot of us are seriously pissed off at WB right now. We’re not done talking about it.

Now, this one made me laugh:

@Beth A: but, just a bone of contention with one of your gripes: they’re not increasing the lining of their pocket, they’re just moving money from one pocket to the other (from 2008 to 2009). Makes things more BALANCED (corporations love balance).

So noted! LOLOL

@MattJ, I am completely with you.

BTW for anyone who IS participating in the Howler Campaign (and I really don’t need another post from anyone saying how childish and pointless it is, thanks, I got it, it’s our choice to participate, we are not asking you to get involved): if you are having trouble finding red envelopes I got a pack of 25 for $5 at Party City in the party invitations section. My Staples didn’t have any, but any party store ought to have some.

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LemonFaerie – I completely support your views!

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May i just add that i will be participating in any organised boycott of the first week/end of HBP. We have to hit WB where it hurts – money is the only thing they understand.

On a personal note I have always gone to see each HP movie with my next door neighbour. It’s a wee tradition with us, we have dinner etc. She has a degenerative condition that has considerably worsened in the last 18 months – she really doesn’t have much time left. We had already planned for this November and were going to treat is as our “Christmas” activity. There is a very good chance she won’t be alive next July. This is the main reason i’m annoyed with WB. The complete contempt they have shown for the HP fans is staggering!

WB, Masters or Morons?

I know which one my money is on!

Take a different scenario – May 2007, JKR announces she is postponing the publication date of DH. Would she ever have done such a thing? No, absolutely not. She knows how much her work means to a large number of people.

The difference between a genuine human being who is in touch with her fanbase and a large multinational whose only interest is their botton line?

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@ chocolateisnotforbreakfast, I only wish that rewrites and edits would make for a better movie. But, unless their test audiences have been true-blue HP fans, it won’t be so. The outcome will be a softer, more palatable (to usual movie-goer), happier-ending desecration of our beloved canon.

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WB is a business. It exsists to make money, plain and simple, like any other business.Like it or not, the bottom line matters most. My opinion is , OOTP was helped tremendously by the anticipation of the 7th book release and the mania has been dying down ever since ( for the general public at large, not our Harry-centric universe). HBP is a tougher movie to sell, and a studio is going to put it where it has the best shot at making the most money. Having said that, the sucess of the HP movies would make me think a November release is an ideal time and the fact that WB didn’t think that makes me wonder how confident they really are about the film. There, I said it, I’m suspicious of their true motives! I think there’s more to it. As for Dan, Rupert, Emma and JKR’s opinions? They’ll support WB. The bottom line matters a lot to them, too, and they aren’t about to bite the hand that feeds them. I think it’s a really odd decision to make and the timing is strange. But a worldwide boycott? WB knows in 8 months the anger will have died down and HP fans love Harry, they’ll want to see the movie. It’ll also build more momentum for the final two films if HBP is released closer to them. I’ve always felt like once the books were finished, the final films wouldn’t have the same impact. WB has all kinds of departments and people that study and track all this stuff, so it wasn’t an off the cuff decison they made. It’s called marketing, and unfortunately, it rules the world.

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HOW THE HELL THEY HAVE THE COURAGE TO PROVOKE THOUSANDS HARRY POTTER FANS. THEY DEPEND ON US, WE GAVE THEM MONEY, AND THEY SUCCEED TO MAKE ANGRY THOUSAND OF PEOPLE. IF THEY DON’T RETURN HP BACK THEY WILL LOSE MONEY!!!

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Does anyone know if there is any base to the rumour that the movie received a “R- rated” and that they are going back to edit the movie again? Thanks guys! By the way…. if they do that they should go back and change Narcissas hair! :P hehehehe

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I cant belive them . They think its all so funny, wall they care about is money …. i mean JULY …. i would be much happier if it was January or febuaryy!!!!!!!!!!

BUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH NOVEMBER ARRRR

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LemonFaerie I’m with you!!!! I still shocked at the whole thing! Somebody wake me up! Please!

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I’m I mean.. :P

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The thing that make me most angry is Alan Horn’s quote, “The picture is completely, absolutely, 100 percent on schedule, on time. There were no delays,” Horn told The Associated Press. “I’ve seen the movie. It is fabulous. We would have been perfectly able to have it out in November.”

“I’VE SEEN THE MOVIE…IT IS FABULOUS- are you kidding me? And they say they care about the fans, and that we would understand?

Someone please find this man’s snail mail address and/or e-mail – or anyone at WB that cares – we need to let them know. Also, we need to speak someone at EA games – The summer release profits vs. Christmas rush are going to make them our biggest allies.

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Sorry about the duplicates – post button kept hanging – web admins, please delete the other two.

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While we are venting our rage—I hate that WB will Say, “We have to cut out important parts of the book for the sake of time.” But then they will add stuff that is not in the book. Stop adding stuff, and then you can fit more important stuff in. For example, in Order Of the Phenix, They have a long scene were Harry meets Luna in the woods. If they hadn’t added that, they could have had a longer scene at the end between Dumbledore and Harry.

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no way are they going to be re-shooting the movies/bad scenes

they’re on a schedule and tehy are NOT pushing back the other two movies—they’re already in a pretty big time crunch

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I agree with Marie-When I heard this, my first thought was that they want to have it closer to Deathly Hallows. I tottaly agree with The Leaky Cauldron.org in one of their Pod Casts. They said that here is what they should have done-Let the first two movies be on the big screne to draw people in and because they pretty much go by the book. Then, turn it over to BBC so they they could turn it into sort of a TV series, but it would be more than just a TV series. That way they could stick with one director to allow that director to improve with each book, and they could fit more book onto the screne. Personally, I wish that they would start from Book One and make an animated series and just use the books as the script and put them on DVD. Not Possible? It would be just like making another Saturday morning or after school animated TV show.

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noooo…i was counting down. Man i had planned everything out. My friends and i were going to have one whole week devoted to harry Potter plus we were going to watch it on gold class sinemas. It was going to be the best week for 08 (as the rest of the year went studying for uni)... I cant wait that longgg.. i have one goal down the drain now…

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i’m so angry.

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aaaaahhhrrgghh….somebody kill me!!!! i have to recount again!

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LemonFaerie-I have the same feelings as you. WB has broken a promise to us, and now we have absolutely no idea what they are going to decide to decide to do about DH. (Those of you on here ardently defending WB, please spare me the quote saying that the DH schedule shouldn’t be affected; they’ve proven they can change their mind at least as close to 3 months ahead of release.) I am quite surprised at the number of people defending WB and who enjoy the anticipation much more than the actual movie experience itself, but I suppose we weren’t all looking forward to this with the same zeal. This is a big social occasion to many of us, and many of us HAVE already made plans. I don’t think it’s childish at all to send mail letting WB know how you as a customer feel about this bizarre decision; customers do that all the time. Companies need the feedback, or WB would not have a place to give feedback on their website. I haven’t read comments that seem to be “laboring under the delusion” (as Dumbledore would say) that chances are good we could change their mind, but there’s nothing wrong with voicing opinions to the powers that be, whether it’s through mail or petitions. I’m sure the vast majority of us just take a few minutes to do that and then go on with our lives as usual. Now illegal stuff like piracy-well, I think the vast majority of us have better ethics than that. However, if the movie is totally finished, I would worry about that happening with all the months now left until release! And for those who want to boycott, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Companies like WB make the ultimate decisions about release dates, etc., and then they must accept the consequences of their decisions. The one power we have is our pocketbooks, and thank goodness we can all use THAT power as we see fit. I for one will now probably skip buying WB DVD’s and the like as best I can. I can’t promise I won’t go see HBP opening weekend, as I don’t want to punish myself any more than WB is already punishing us, but I can do things like avoid The Dark Knight DVD since I could take it or leave it. I most likely would have picked it up if WB was in good standing with me, but since I haven’t been chomping at the bit for it, I have no problem waiting for it to come to TV after this stunt. Not sure why several of you seem offended by that, as it’s not hurting you personally, but I guess that’s something the WB defenders will have to deal with.

This is just hard to fathom, and I have to say they are not handling this well at all. Horn’s comments about loving the fans just rings so hollow and is so INCREDIBLY patronizing. It just infuriates us more. I would assume they’ve been thinking about this for a very long time, given the lack of publicity for HBP compared to other movies coming out over the holidays this year. I think this would have been accepted better if they had announced it early in the year rather than at the 3-month countdown. Honestly, when they announced the date before even OotP was released, I had to look at it as tentative. But when you get this close, you see it as etched in stone, ya know? All I can figure is that they wanted to see how The Dark Knight did before they made a final decision, but this whole thing is very understandably a big turn-off to the fans. I do hope the production of the movie is indeed going well and that in the long run it will be a better movie with perhaps a little more time to work on it. Yes, they say it is already ready for release, but I don’t have any idea what to believe from them anymore. But if they’re at least taking the time to make it better-hopefully with test audiences full of big HP fans-that’s the only comfort we can take out of this, I guess.

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I’m very upset with WB’s choice to delay the movie. I for one will not go see it nor will I go see ANY WB movies! I doubt any boycot will matter to them however unless every fan wrote an actual letter and mailed it to them. If enough people would do this it might wake up those idiots!

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Sorry for the re-post, but I can’t stand the strike-thru’s!

LemonFaerie, I have the same feelings as you. WB has broken a promise to us, and now we have absolutely no idea what they are going to decide to decide to do about DH. (Those of you on here ardently defending WB, please spare me the quote saying that the DH schedule shouldn’t be affected; they’ve proven they can change their mind at least as close to 3 months ahead of release.) I am quite surprised at the number of people defending WB and who enjoy the anticipation much more than the actual movie experience itself, but I suppose we weren’t all looking forward to this with the same zeal. This is a big social occasion to many of us, and many of us HAVE already made plans. I don’t think it’s childish at all to send mail letting WB know how you as a customer feel about this bizarre decision; customers do that all the time. Companies need the feedback, or WB would not have a place to give feedback on their website. I haven’t read comments that seem to be “laboring under the delusion” (as Dumbledore would say) that chances are good we could change their mind, but there’s nothing wrong with voicing opinions to the powers that be, whether it’s through mail or petitions. I’m sure the vast majority of us just take a few minutes to do that and then go on with our lives as usual. Now illegal stuff like piracy, well, I think the vast majority of us have better ethics than that. However, if the movie is totally finished, I would worry about that happening with all the months now left until release! And for those who want to boycott, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Companies like WB make the ultimate decisions about release dates, etc., and then they must accept the consequences of their decisions. The one power we have is our pocketbooks, and thank goodness we can all use THAT power as we see fit. I for one will now probably skip buying WB DVD’s and the like as best I can. I can’t promise I won’t go see HBP opening weekend, as I don’t want to punish myself any more than WB is already punishing us, but I can do things like avoid The Dark Knight DVD since I could take it or leave it. I most likely would have picked it up if WB was in good standing with me, but since I haven’t been chomping at the bit for it, I have no problem waiting for it to come to TV after this stunt. Not sure why several of you seem offended by that, as it’s not hurting you personally, but I guess that’s something the WB defenders will have to deal with.

This is just hard to fathom, and I have to say they are not handling this well at all. Horn’s comments about loving the fans just rings so hollow and is so INCREDIBLY patronizing. It just infuriates us more. I would assume they’ve been thinking about this for a very long time, given the lack of publicity for HBP compared to other movies coming out over the holidays this year. I think this would have been accepted better if they had announced it early in the year rather than at the 3-month countdown. Honestly, when they announced the date before even OotP was released, I had to look at it as tentative. But when you get this close, you see it as etched in stone, ya know? All I can figure is that they wanted to see how The Dark Knight did before they made a final decision, but this whole thing is very understandably a big turn-off to the fans. I do hope the production of the movie is indeed going well and that in the long run it will be a better movie with perhaps a little more time to work on it. Yes, they say it is already ready for release, but I don’t have any idea what to believe from them anymore. But if they’re at least taking the time to make it better-hopefully with test audiences full of big HP fans-that’s the only comfort we can take out of this, I guess.

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I agree with Lemon Faerie, WB is a business, money first, fans later. I started reading Harry Potter and The Sorcecer’s Stone to my son the summer before he entered first grade, I was trying to switch him from picture books to more mature books and I found a story both he and I love. He is my movie mate,please WB switch it back, before teen-age-hood takes completely over and he’d rather go to see the movies with someone else, as you can see to some of us time is endless, as others have pointed out, for others time is running out.

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The Warner Bros decision just seems to me to be plain stupid. A quick exercise in how to alienate the maximum number of HP fans all at once. Someone should organize a ‘Harry Potter fans detest Warner Brothers’ group on Facebook and see how many peole join. It would be a tangible slap across the face for the (expletive deleted) WB execs.

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It’s really sad to hear the movie has been pushed back. This is a huge disappointment for the fandom. Let’s just hope WB knows what it is doing, and doesn’t turn the Harry Potter enterprise into a market for fast cash. Besides, the Novemeber release date is perfect. Practically tradition. The movies have done well enough as they are, and extra 8 months of marketing isnt’ going to change the amount of people who attend. WB is letting down it’s Fandom.

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L III here again,

This keeps getting deleted, so use the “you see the distant…” from South Park.

WB has just pulled a cowardly, hypocritical and moronic move, and by Buddha, it’s a huge one.

Quoth Sheila Broflovski,

“You will NOT get away with this!”

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Hrmph. That’s screwed up my holiday plans. I introduced my niece and nephie-poo to HP, and they’ve grown up with it. We go as a family to see the HP movies at Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. Believe me, when my family gets together, it’s an event, like a circus! Now we’ll just have to sit and talk, and eat too much. ;-)

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I think the best way to get back at WB is to not see HBP for the first week of its release. Just hold off for one week. Then go see it. If no one sees the film for the first week of its release WB will crap their pants thinking no one will see it. They’ll get the message. We’re already going to wait 8 extra months, one more week won’t kill us! The money that they are greedy for comes from us. Let’s teach WB not to bite the hand that feeds them. If you support this idea, please spread it.

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You know the expression – It’s all about the shareholders, period. Money, money, money.

And yes, I agree with the poster who said Horn came off badly saying the movie is “fabulous” and that it’s about money.

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Re: how to show your displeasure:

  • Write-in campaigns won’t work at this point. They are doing this to balance their revenues. They won’t change back.
  • Not seeing the movie on opening night won’t work. This movie will be the biggest movie of its opening weekend, no matter what. So WB will get bragging rights. And then they’ll get your money the next weekend. A win-win for WB.
  • Boycotts … do you really think you won’t see the movie? I didn’t think so.

So, since everybody wants to see the movie, but wants WB to know they are not please, how about this…

See it at a matinée.

I’m assuming that paying less to see the movie (at a matinée) means less money to WB. But you still get to see the movie on the big screen, as soon as possible.

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My experience tells me those who fight minor injustices are most likely to tackle ones involving life and death. I’ve signed the petitions and that’s probably as far as I go, but I admire those with more willpower – Good Luck!

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I was gone from the internet since last Thursday morning and missed the delay of HBP press release. In my opinion watching the movie after having read Deathly Hallows had to have been the worst experience any Harry Potter fan could experience. Dumbledore had to have come off as the stupiest person alive. I can just hear the test audience asking: “Why didn’t Dumbledore do this? Why didn’t Dumbledore do that? What useless information to tell Harry. I don’t understand. This whole plot is stupid.”

Don’t blame Warner Brothers for pulling the movie. They know a stupid plot when they see one even if J. K. Rowling doesn’t. Don’t be angry at Warner Brothers. Take your anger out on J. K. Rowling for writing a stupid plot in Deathly Hallows and ruining the series. Maybe Warner Brothers can bring in some good writers and sufficiently change the plot of HBP and Deathly Hallows where there is some logic to the the series. If not then my vote is SHELVE IT AND THE TWO DEATHLY HALLOWS MOVIES.

It’s not Warner Brothers’ fault that they now own the movie rights to TRASH.

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To y’all who think we can’t do anything: Family Guy, which has millions less fans than Harry Potter, was brought back by petitions and DVD sales. If that succeeded, why can’t this?

And if it weren’t for the sheer hypocrisy present, I’d be saying this:

‘This’d be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.” – Mark Hamill, as the Joker

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The WB makes Voldemort look like the Easter Bunny! Support the Boycott and the Howler campaign.

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I’m so disappointed. But more than disappointing is having to explain to my 8 yr old son. Pat (Eeyore ), you suggest to LemonFaerie to get involved in something more worthwile such as fighting against cancer. But what’s more worthwhile than something, such as this movie, that may encourage a child to pick up a book well beyond their reading level? Each time a new Harry Potter movie is released that is exactly what my son does. He’s been reading Harry Potter since he was 6 because he enjoyed the (DVD) movies so much. I doubt that Twilight will be appropriate for an 8 yr old. So Pat (Eeyore), zzz, and others who don’t think people should be upset, I respect what your saying, but please don’t be so judgemental and dictorial of others. Your situation and life is different than others and obviously less affected by Harry Potter in general. Maybe you don’t think a child reading is profound but for some of us it is. Especially when there was no interest in reading before. There’s other possiblilites as well – who knows, maybe one of these movies has saved someone (sucidial or otherwise) for whatever reason or rhym as touched them. And how do you know that those of us who are angered aren’t active in any of your suggested alternative activities? Those who boycott, write letters and emails are expressing and releasing their angry in healthy ways. Its much better than holding it in begrudgingly. In fact, those who are willing to go so far for a movie are probably just as willing if not more to go further for other issues as well. You are on here just as we are, so are you saying your not involved in any more important issues besides telling people what to do on here? And they aren’t burning down the WB buildings or shooting the execs.

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My friend/roommate works at WB. Basically – because of the writer strike, they have no major films for 2009. So they pushed HBP back so that the revenue from it would be in 2009 instead of 2008. Royally sucks. I keep asking her every day if anything has changed :-(

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Le Poo, that’s all I can bring myself to say on the matter. It’s just le poo!

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I know it doesn’t make any difference to WB, but they have lost me trust and more importantly, my respect.

I thought we had a group here that really cared about the fans. Now we know, its just the same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

Oh well, I guess it was a nice fantasy.

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I hate it when people piss on something you’re passionate about because they don’t think it’s “worthy” enough. Hey, I have one for you – - – - I had a friend who passed away from cancer. At least she got to see Phoenix. If they had pushed the date to that, she would of missed it. We really enjoyed it, went on opening night, and had a great time talking about it and seeing it a second time. So, how many terminally ill people out there, who look forward to these movies as a bit of escape and relief from their struggles, now won’t get to see the movie? So for all you know, Pat, maybe by campaigning for the original release, you are at the same time campaigning to help terminally ill people.

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This is a HUGE let down. I can’t believe that they are moving it back by nearly eight months! I’ve been so excited to see new HP material for SO long(especially since the trailor came out so late) and now I have to wait almost a year! I’m extremely mad.

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I am definitely boycotting all WB movies till Half Blood Prince is released. If they want to make it about money then so be it. I only hope this is a publicity stunt to drum up excitement for the movie since Order of the Pheonix had a less than hoped for return at the box office.

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For those who keep saying not to get riled up and you can’t change anything, here is a little different view point that might help you understand. I think we are living in a time when people are really fed up with being jerked around by corporations. We have energy execs helping themselves to employees’ retirements. We have oil companies making record profits, while we are struggling to gas up our cars. The list goes on and on. The WB has gotten rich with our hard earned money, good for them. But now they are taking their consumers for granted, something that a goods and service related business should not do. I will send my letters and e-mails, although I will be shocked if they move the date back. But maybe the next time, they will have learned not to mess with the consumers, especially such a loyal, built-in fan base.

And for those that say letter-writing and/or boycotting doesn’t work, what about Jericho, Cagney & Lacey, Family Guy, and even the original Star Trek? All of these shows were saved by fans speaking up. I realize there is a difference between this situation and cancelled tv shows, but the point is that fans DO have a voice, if only they choose to use it. And really, what’s a bigger waste of time and energy, venting about this decision, or posting negative comments about someone venting?

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I think Leaky Cauldron should start a petition that would state nobody would go see the film opening weekend and wait a week to see it. That would cause a serious problem with their opening weekend numbers which is what they are shooting for from moving the dates. Not sure how realistic this would be, but I sure would sign up. I just read an article that confirms it is all about the money.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-potter15-2008aug15,0,7258306.story

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Oh the pain! I can’t take waiting until next summer! This is incredible. Who cares if DR does a stint on Broadway during the opening of HBP! I just want to escape to the land of Potter for a bit of fun and fantasy. Gee whiz I am depressed now. Ugh…......

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Hmmm… a petition, huh? That could be very effective. If the bottom line is money that would certainly get their attention! Count me in!

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It’s a business decision, and since WB is a business, that’s the very kind of decisions they make! It’s disappointing, poor timing, not very nice and a little strange…but I can think of hundreds of things that matter more to me and make more of a difference in lfe than a delayed film release. Can’t you?

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i can’t belive you would move the date for the harry potter film i LOVE harry potter and i loved how they came out year after year . i ABSOLUTLY HATE how your moving the date wow this sucks and so do the people that came up with this .

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that movie was the only thing keeping us fans alive

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i can’t belive you would move the date for the harry potter film i LOVE harry potter and i loved how they came out year after year . i ABSOLUTLY HATE how your moving the date wow this sucks and so do the people that came up with this .

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that movie was the only thing keeping us fans alive

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OMG!!! I’ve just got back from holiday and have come very late to this news. How disappointing. I was really looking forward to HBP as a timely birthday present in November and especially now my husband is working abroad for a year it would have cheered me up too. I am not happy :(

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well what the hell are they playing at i look forward to these films every year when they are released i count down the days until the release of it my Grandad may be old but he has watched every other one with me and understands them oh and my best friend has been hyperventaling and is shaking with anger.

i hope that things change or i will be writing very angry emails to various people and i may even consider getting the Gaurdian involved!!!

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They could have still made enough money with the November release. All the kids going to watch the films for the Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s holidays and college winter breaks. And it would be just the right time, so that they could then release the DVD for an “Easter Basket stuffer.” But evidently, they are so greedy, they want to release it in the summer and then sell the DVDs for Christmas presents? They’ll sell the DVDs no matter when they are issued. People want them, so they can stay home and watch the films when gas prices are so high nobody can afford to go out anywhere.

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“It’s a business decision, and since WB is a business, that’s the very kind of decisions they make! It’s disappointing, poor timing, not very nice and a little strange…but I can think of hundreds of things that matter more to me and make more of a difference in lfe than a delayed film release. Can’t you?

Posted by Marie on August 18, 2008 @ 04:11 PM “

Marie, I completely agree with you.

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you can tell WB exactly what you think by going to this website

htt p://www.warnerbros.com/main/help/customer_service.ht ml

you can also encourage JKR to release a statement on the issue by visiting her agent’s website at ht tp://www.christopherlittle.n et/

and keep in mind that calm, rational complaints go over better than nasty words or threats.

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Hi there, There is an article in Variety magazine that explains the reasons behind the move which are all monetary and seems to me if I am understanding things correctly that WB did not consider any of the merchandisers who they license who are going to lose out money. I really doubt boycotting the opening weekend of HP: HBP is going to prove anything to the studio as by that time the immediacy of this issue will be over. The thing to do may be to: 1) Send your Howler to WB, keep it clean and to the point; 2) Boycott the current WB movies that are going to be coming out for the rest of summer and holiday seasons coming; 3) Notify your local theater owners and movie rental locations that you are boycotting WB movies due to their move of HP:HBP. 4) Sign all the online petitions about this issue that you agree with. Personally, I am sending a Howler that includes am going to boycott one WB movie for every time I would normally have gone to a theater to see HP:HBP. Since I probably would see it in theaters at least 3 times, that is 3 lost sales this year for WB. If everyone would boycott at least 1 WB movie, that would add up into millions of lost sales for WB. You could also choose to do this or boycott WB movie rentals you normally would get.

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I think this change may be connected to the fact that Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths are starring in Equus on Broadway until Feb. 2009 How would either of them be able to attend premiers? They could let understudies take the roles while the actors attended the different premiers, but that would leave the broadway fans without these stars – after they have paid a hefty price for the tickets! There may also be some sort of contract obligations that would prevent these two from taking time off from the play – and that would leave the premiers without the stars. So by moving the movie to July 2009, we, the fans, can get the best of both performances.

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If you were 78 like me you are only hoping that you can make the last of HP pictures. A postpoment really hurt my chances of seeing the books come to life.

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I have all the books, books on C D, all the moves and my family and I will not go see the movie in the first week or so. I feel that this move by WB is a slap in the faces to all HP fans, we help make them money for a long time and now they do this to us just to help next summers revanu.

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If it’s true that WB need the revenue for 2009 instead of 2008 why does it need to be July? A January release I could almost accept. Even they’re going by fiscal year, it starts in April. Why July? They aren’t fooling anyone when they say a summer release will bring in more people, it’s Harry Potter for god’s sake it’s not like no-one’s heard of it!

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Professor McGonagall: why do you say that Jo disrespects her fans? I don’t see that at all.

Marchemine: tried to access the web site you gave, but it is not correct. Can you please re-post?

Griffinclaw: although I’m outraged at the change in DH release date, it is NOT the only thing we had to live for. Have you forgotten Melissa’s book? Have you forgotten Beadle the Bard? Really, Beadle the Bard is FAR bigger. Another original work by Jo!

A BIG thanks to the hard-working moderators. May I propose a leading “comment:” that tops all pages of comments?

Leaky welcomes your opinions! Please adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Good English grammar and spelling, please. As fans of great literature, we should strive to emulate it. This precludes “texting” style spelling as well. If you are not a native speaker of English, you may wish to state so. Your efforts to communicate in a foreign language are appreciated.

2. Don’t use dashes. They create a distracting strikethrough effect.

3. Don’t be impatient and repost repeatedly rather than waiting to see if your post was accepted.

4. Be kind. No name-calling. No thinly veiled insults about intelligence levels, maturity levels, and the like. You may also wish to reconsider hurling Unforgiveable Curses at anyone, in the fandom or elsewhere.

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Oops, I forgot one:

5. Be careful when crowing about posting the first comment. By the time your jubilant post is accepted, you may actually not be first, and then you’ll look silly. Of course no one adhering to #4 would be impolite enough to point that out to you.

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I am so livid with WB for this. I had been looking forward to the movie for awhile and now I have to wait until July. Im not going to boycott opening weekend because I want to go watch it as soon as I get a chance but I am not going to go to the movies and see anything else they put out till then. I know it wont help but atleast I will fill like I am doing something. What is WB’s Email Address? I saw that some of you guys said you sent emails but I cant find it. I hope that some people are right and that this is just a publicity stunt to make them look good when they put the release date back. I hate them right now but Id take that.

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petition spot has over 35000 diigital signatures to protest the delay and still going up. . but what Warner Brothers have to realize is, that is 35,000 computers, not individuals. With an average family of 4 that makes it 140,000. WB needs to know we are serious and will not stand this!!

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In response to Ginevra’s kind request, I am reposting the address where you can see the Harry Potter character responses to this heinous act by WB: (Ginevra, after you copy and paste it, you have to remove the spaces between the letters in “ht tp” and “ht ml” in order for the URL to work)

ht tp://mrssplapthing.blogspot.com/2008/08/great-sucking-dragon-balls-is-this-work.ht ml

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I feel so slighted. I know that the next movie will take mega bucks to make and they probably need it….but damn dude. I feel like I just had a tasty piece of pie waved in front of my nose and told that I can’t have it until next year. By that time…maybe I wont want the pie anymore.

Who am I kidding? The pie is the best pie on earth. I’ll deal with it until I can have it…but damn man….what the heck am I supposed to do until then? I’m having severe Potter withdrawls…then they go and do this! Why don’t they just punch me in the face instead? How many fans did they destroy with this? WB should be frickin ashamed of themselves.

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Thanks, Marcheline! I had spotted the space between ht tp but not the space between ht ml. Very funny; I particularly liked the bit about the Quibbler!

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From Joe: “Boycotts … do you really think you won’t see the movie?”

Yes. I will see it, but I won’t pay. Plus, my boyfriend will be happy that I’m not dragging him to the theatre with me. This is the 21st century. Be creative with that thinker of yours. You can figure out how to see it without paying. ;)

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Adding on to the boycott and the “matinee” ideas:

I think that this is how it works:

WB (as any production company) gets its money from the theatres themselves, who buy the film from WB. Your ticket money then goes to the theatre. So, this may only hurt the theatres. But some theatres might even hear all of this talk of boycotting and choose not to buy it from WB in order to minimize their risk. That decision, if made by theatres, would indeed hurt WB, but in turn, may hurt the future HP films.

I, personally, do no think that I will be paying to see HBP in theatres, but I don’t expect many other, if any at all, to stick to this idea.

Unrelated note: Does this Horn guy have any PR people? If so, he should make use of them. His statements have been absolutely ridiculous.

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If it’s done to sheer commercialism a line has been drawn here. This proves it’s more about the BUSINESS than the SHOW these days. I think it’s really bad if they think that the twilight movie may gain more business if they show it in HBP’s Nov slot and believe that HBP fans will see it (because it has an HP actor in it) without affecting HBP revenue. If any action is taken, it could be to boycott Twilight – that would scupper any extra revenue they thought they would get from this move and make it pure folly. I also agree that the tone of HP is better suited to a Fall/Winter release as that is when the books are largely set. Who wants to go into a movie theatre in the Summer and see snow and overcast skies?! I think the silence from JK is interesting – sometimes, silence can be more powerful than words…

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Come on people, it’s just a film!!. And you’ll only moan about it when it does come out because it hasn’t got enough Ron/Hermione, they missed this out, they missed that out.

Harry Potter is over. I suppose WB has try and get as much cash as they can from flogging a dead horse, but we know what’s gonna happen. I have no interest in the last two, thought the ending was rubbish, Harry should have died.

As for blaming Dan, well I suppose you’ve got the blame someone.

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I call for a WB boycott, really.

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If warner brothers is to be taught a leason, people need to NOT see any warner brothers movie. Just a few that come to mind: Star Wars, The Clone Wars & Journey To The Center of The Earth. Also people may want to start complaining to any local WB television stations. We can also write to companies that run their ads on those stations and share our displeasure of being ripped off! But it will take all of us folks.

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WB are pi$$ing me off. Lets spread the word and forward this on to everyone so that we can truly be heard by WB!!!

Please sign a pledge to boycott the opening weekend and send a message to WB that they will actually listen to. Forward this on to everyone you can. That way we can still see the movie when it does come out, but on our terms, sending WB a strong message, and hurting their big opening weekend:

http://www.youchoose.net/campaign/boycott_opening_weekend_of_new_harry_potter_hbp

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“If it’s true that WB need the revenue for 2009 instead of 2008 why does it need to be July? A January release I could almost accept. Even they’re going by fiscal year, it starts in April. Why July? They aren’t fooling anyone when they say a summer release will bring in more people, it’s Harry Potter for god’s sake it’s not like no-one’s heard of it!”

They won’t release it in January because you don’t release blockbusters in January. Blockbusters get released May-July or November-December, they don’t get released in January.

They are moving this film to July because they believe it can bring in huge box office like both OOTP and TDK have done in that slot in the last two years.

They are moving it to balance their 2009 books, but they aren’t going to drop it in any old month, they are going to put it on at a time in 2009 where they will get lots of teenagers on holidays going to see it on weekdays. Now this would either by July 2009 or November 2009 -would you rather wait until November next year? No, thought not. So July 2009 fits with their fiscal requirements without ticking off fans even more by delaying it until November next year.

As much as I think it sucks that we won’t get the film in December (yes, I live in Australia so we were getting it late anyway), I don’t understand why people feel the need to come up with conspiracy theories about this, it’s a simple business decision – one that sucks, but it is very easy to work out why the are doing it for their business purposes.

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This is one of the stupidest things iv ever heard of. All HP fans have been waiting for this movie to come out since the book came out! This is so unfair! They get our hopes up and then decide to squash them like bugs! This is crap and WB knows it. The sad thing is they know that this wont really wont hurt their profits b/c there is not a single true HP fan that wont go see this to make a point(I mean in a petition sort of way)! This really sucks! But ill tell u now if this afects the releas dates of the last 2 movies theres gonna be hell to pay!!!!!!!!!

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Personally I am outraged. I saw the last Harry Potter movie three times - one time in an IMAX. Well, I will see this movie - ONCE. Then I’ll wait for the CD to come out. If Warner Brothers is that anxious to manipulate their customers they have, I believe, under-estimated the non-tangible effects on the bottom line.

They will get one ticket from me this time, not three, and that means that for me, their profits will plummet by 67% because of this decision.

I am a true HP fan, but I can live with seeing the movie once before it comes out on CD. Screw them.

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WHAT! THEY DECIDED WITHIN 7 DAYS! AND FOR THEIR ULTRA STUPID,RIDICULOUS IDEA OF CHANGING THE DATES,WE SUFFER!!! A 7 DAY DECISION WILL MAKE THE HP FANS SUFFER FOR 8 WHOLE MONTHS!!! ANYWAY IS THE MOVIE READY OR NOTI DOUBT IT !!! BOYCOTT …BOYCOTT…BOYCOTT

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I APPEAL TO ALL HP FANS TO JOIN THE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY “WE HATE WARNER BROTHERS’’ I’ve already sent a number of hate mails to the WB website…and am up to some more.

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Well said, Lena. It is just a film, after all. And I agree that to the general public ( not the Harry-centric universe), the interest is dying down. The move actually puts the release closer to the final two movies which will boost the momentum for them. And, it means with a July 2009 release the DVD release comes out in time for Christmas presents! How’s that for financial planning on WB’s part?! And Equus has nothing to do with it, if anything, it probably helps the interest in HP! WB supported Dan before and they won’t feel differently this time. And JKR? She has nothing to do with it either, she does not hold the rights to the movies since she sold them to a big business, a major film studio called Warner Brothers. I do think WB cares about the fans, they just care about money a whole lot more! I know, it makes everyone feel used and abused, but it’s not personal….they run a business!

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It was said that they had been planning to move the release date until next year but didn’t get it finalized until the trailer and the Nov release date was already published…what a crock. HP is one of the top grossing movies of all time, they wouldn’t just “forget” to cancel advertisments for the Nov 08 release.

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For everyone asking what Jo thinks, I got a letter from her on Saturday (she wrote it on Friday) and it said ‘Today is the day that Warners announce they’re putting back Half-Blood Prince until next year, so unfortunately I WON’T see you in November’... She didn’t say anything else on it though. I’ve written back saying how angry we all are but I don’t know whether she’ll reply to my letter, and if she does whether she’ll comment on it =P

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this is so frustrating… but the comment made about the film being crap and them touching it up kinda makes sense i guess… but i stilllll was so looooking forward 2 seeing it!!!! what the hell waiting a year is enough! im so majorly annoyed is there a pertition i can sign or something?

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This is completely unacceptable, to post-pone the movie for this long, and to do it so close to the date. If the movie needs some fixing, let’s say with special effects, then just say so, and the fan base will understand because we all want to see the best movie possible. But if that’s not the case, and W.B. says it’s not, then to delay a release simply to make more money is unbelievably crass as well as being stupid. The W.B. boss points out the HP5 made a lot of money with a summer release, but HP1 made the most money and it was a fall/winter release. Also, HP3 made the least money (but still made a ton) and it was the first summer release in the series, so having a summer release does not guarantee more money, especially when you anger so many fans. No, I believe the real reason is what’s being reported-Dan will be nude and on stage doing Equis on Broadway and they don’t want that associated with Harry-and if that’s the real reason, then it’s even worse than their first reason (greed). To post-pone because of Equis is infantile and puritanical and just another example of how W.B. doesn’t understand how lucky they are to have the biggest, most loyal fan base in pop culture. This franchise has made more money than any other movie franchise in history and they’re either delaying the release for even more money, or because of Dan’s artistic integrity, showing that they have no integrity themselves. If anyone knows of a petition to stop this, please post.

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The HBP release date move still hurts, but I’ve had some time to process and I think I’ve had an idea. All of the boycotts, Facebook groups, angry emails, and howler campaigns are great, but they won’t be very effective if they aren’t publicized. And let’s face it, in the eyes of the media we “older” HP fans are no more then trekkies in wizarding robes. Not very worthy of their sympathy or their time. They see Harry Potter strictly as a children’s franchise, so let’s use that. Can you imagine a story on the evening news about a local elementary school spear-heading their own howler campaign? Little 6 year olds painstakingly printing sentences like, “Why did you take Harry away?” on bright red paper. What about all the girl scouts and boy scouts in a small town going door to door (in their uniforms of course) asking their neighbors to sign an anti-WB petition? Warner Brothers may be a media conglomerate, but they don’t own all media. (not yet anyway) They have competitors who would jump at the opportunity to paint the WB as the company that ruined Christmas for millions of HBP loving children. A company that crushes the hopes and dreams of children won’t have a very profitable forth quarter.

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Hola soy de cordoba Argentina siempre leo esta web porque tiene informacion mucho mas avanzada que las otras web de latinoamerica, realmente me duele y mucho que no este harry potter este año =( no se entiende la decision de la wb … y espero que el juego si salga ahora en noviembre

la web esta buenisima!

atte un fan de argentina

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ok so that freaking sucks that this all happened but if what the one guy sed is true that they are making it a better film then it better be one hell of a movie cuz i have been lokking forward to that for a long time and the other person that sed that it was a better nov. winter time of year movie is rite(espiecall because ppl are move likly to go to a movie in the winter then when its summer rite)

oh and to the person that sed “I want to AVADA KEDAVRA their asses!!!” lol im still laughing that was pretty good

but any way if the movie is pushed back for money then that just rediculas b.c they would have made just as much in the winter maybe more probubly more then in the summer…..they are real idiots if thats what was the reason.

lol thats what i have to say about that lol

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I will not be going to any WB movies in the theaters in 2008 or 2009 if the delay goes through, I will wait a little longer and watch what I want on DVD (normally I would see it in the theater AND buy the DVD). I am writing to the theater companies to let them know. Normally I am against Pirated Movies, but if WB keeps the delay I think they deserve to be pirated. I do not think WB cares about the fans so I am fighting profit with profit. In addition to avoiding the WB movies will also avoid any WB TV shows I would normally watch during the delay. I am contacting Big companies

that advertise on WB’s TV channels to let them know how upset I am with WB and by association any company that supports them. Do they really want me to look somewhere else first in this economy? This is the list I have so far:

Toyota
Honda
Dodge / Chrysler / Jeep
Lexus
Lincoln Mercury
Hyundai
General Motors
AT&T
Expedia
Pfizer / Benadryl
Totino's / Pillsbury
Safeway
Kohl's
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I’m pritty upset about WB moving back the movie to next summer, but as long as they don’t move back the game then I can wait another 8 months to see it. I’m sure it will be great.

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“Maybe Harry Potter should have brought a note from his parents saying he would be missing school.” Yeah, why didn’t Harry Potter bring a note from his parents? Geez.

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Please see my blog for ideas on how to see the movie but still make an effective protest against Warner bros. flobberworm-headed decision.

All suggestions are welcome

http://hpvinnovember.blogspot.com/

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e ghi vi prego nn rimandate harry potter vi scongiuro è tuttta la mia vita

Avatar Image says: I think they will already lose money on the July 2009 release date. The world wide recession will cut ticket sales that they could have had in November 2008. Has anybody figured out the real reason for the pushback? It is almost 2009 and the clouds should have lifted by now.

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